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10 years of the TUC Organising Academy. Paul Nowak, National Organiser. What we’ve achieved. Put organising centre stage Developed specialist organiser role Innovative The people we recruited The way they were recruited & trained The work they do Knock on effect on FTO’s more broadly

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10 years of the tuc organising academy

10 years of the TUC Organising Academy

Paul Nowak, National Organiser

what we ve achieved
What we’ve achieved
  • Put organising centre stage
  • Developed specialist organiser role
  • Innovative
    • The people we recruited
    • The way they were recruited & trained
    • The work they do
  • Knock on effect on FTO’s more broadly
  • Proved that investment in organising works
the iceberg effect
The ‘iceberg’ effect
  • Impact on wide range of unions
    • Large, small, general, specialist, greenfield, in-fill
  • Focus on organising & recruitment is now the norm
  • Cultural change
  • Specialist teams
  • Other ‘Academies’
what else
What else?
  • A movement-wide initiative – 30 TUC unions
  • Has supported union efforts to organise beyond areas of traditional strength
    • Community, bookies campaign
    • NUS working students
    • CWU – Mobile giants, Carphone Warehouse
  • Evolved to support existing union staff & officers and develop ‘bespoke’ programmes
  • Continued to innovate
    • Corporate Strategic Research
    • ‘Busting the Busters’
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But…
  • Scale
  • The curse of the ‘flagship’ & unreasonable expectations
  • ‘Off the shelf’ solutions to complex problems
  • Organising ‘fundamentalism’; servicing vs organising; the ‘model’
  • How (not) to win friends and influence people
  • Progression
  • The ‘backlash’
  • What about our 200,000+ reps?
what more can we do
What more can we do?
  • Leading Change programme
  • Advanced Organising programme
  • Better at celebrating success and making the case for organising
  • ‘Activist Academy’ ?
summary
Summary
  • Success by lots of measures – but NOT a silver-bullet

How do we build on successes?

How do we scale up?

How do we genuinely engage reps and members?

What does organising ‘plus’ look like?